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Tokaj Aszú Esszencia, Samuel Tinon (50 cl) - 2007

  • Provenance: Tokaj
  • Appellation: Tokaj
  • Domain: Samuel Tinon
  • Grape variety(ies): Furmint et harslevelu
  • On-call time: 50 years
  • Style of wine: Vin de méditation
  • Alcohol degree: 8.8%
On its own, this wine is a miracle, a tour de force, a "pure stroke of the bow", as Jean-François Bazin puts it. The colour is captivating, with its dark topaz hue and bronze-orange highlights. On the nose there are beautiful aromas of honey, apricot, toasted cereals and candied orange, which only change and become more complex in the glass. The palate is both very sweet and airy, with a superb acidity that gives it freshness and raises a very pure fruitiness on the long finish. Endless on the palate, it leaves a long trail and a great memory. Mythical!
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The estate owns a 2 ha vineyard located in the Hatari Grand Cru, in the municipality of Olaszliska, on a south-facing slope with a 30-40% gradient. In addition, trustworthy partnerships with local winegrowers allow the estate to buy aszú grapes from different terroirs. First vintage produced: 2000.


The penultimate stage of Tokaj's liquor "rocket", Aszú Esszencia (not to be confused with Esszencia) corresponds to a richness of more than 6 puttonyos, i.e. more than 180 gr of sugar/l. The wine must legally be aged for at least three years, two of which must be in casks. In this case, it was aged for four years in wood.

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To be drunk for itself, "religiously", as a meditation wine, savouring every drop!

Liquid geography

What kind of wine is this? Fascinating Tokaj, which crosses centuries and borders. Tsars seduced, kings enamoured, queens conquered, but also writers, composers, connoisseurs and gourmets. Hungarians of course. They, the first ones, have always known that Tokaj is not a wine like the others, and all this thanks to the Aszú, picked since the 17th century by the men and women of the region. It is this that fascinated Samuel Tinon and his wife Mathilde. Samuel 'bit into it' in 1991, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1993, Mathilde interviewed him in the middle of the grape harvest when he was director of the first mixed company in the region. He learned very quickly to select the best Aszú, to recognize the different vintages, to communicate with all the actors of the region, from the former cellar masters of the state farms to the local craftsmen and mayors. Then they travelled. And they found each other. In 1998, Samuel bought a house in Olaszliszka, in the heart of the region. At their wedding, a year later, they served their family and friends a Tokaji Aszú 1981. Tokaj never left them. They came back, again and again. By 2000, the vines were bursting with Aszú. Samuel said: "I want these grapes in my cellar". And so it began... From the top of their vineyard, the Hungarian plain unfolds, immense and majestic. It is located in the Határi region and in the municipality...

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